Bill Keveney, USA TODAY
The bash: The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball
The venue: "A Romantic Rhapsody in Red" was the theme at The Los Angeles Convention Center. More than 3,000 guests, seated at tables with fresh-cut roses, dined on a smoked salmon avocado sphere, roasted tenderloin, mushroom risotto fries and white chocolate raspberry cake with fresh raspberries and raspberry sauce. To complete the theme, The Red Hots and The Red Hot Band, along with Alizma, provided entertainment.
For the first time, Emmy winners could have their golden statuettes personalized with their names at an "Emmy Winners Circle" banding station. One winner said it was like going to a jewelry store.
Stars: Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Aaron Paul, Peter Dinklage, Stephen Colbert, Connie Britton, Louis C.K., Martha Plimpton, Mindy Kaling, Ginnifer Goodwin, Michael C. Hall, Damian Lewis, Christine Baranski, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Christopher Stanley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mandy Patinkin, Aziz Ansari, Phil Keoghan, Carson Daly, Giancarlo Esposito, Dean Norris, Ben Feldman
Scene and heard
Self-evaluation: Host Kimmel got a hug and congratulations from The Voice's Carson Daly as he arrived at the party. "I think it went well," Kimmel said. "It is what it is. It's a long show. It's uncomfortable to sit through, but I think it went well." As for the bit where he had his parents thrown out of the theater because their long-time support for their son didn't result in an Emmy win? "My mom sent me a text that said, 'I like (your brother) John more than you.' "
Moments: Winner Louis-Dreyfus of Veep had a happy, animated conversation with Parks and Recreation's Poehler. Nearby, The Mindy Project's Kaling and Mad Men's Feldman were having their own chat. Modern Family winner Bowen accepted congratulations from admirers, including Mad Men's Stanley, and posed for pictures with some fans. Lewis, who won for his performance in Homeland, took pictures at his table with his wife, actress Helen McCrory.
Second time around: A happy Bowen played down her repeat win for Family. "I feel slightly guilty, a little, tiny bit, but I also feel good. I just feel like everybody deserves it and I could never think I was a better actor than (fellow nominees) Sofia (Vergara), Merritt (Wever) and Kathryn Joosten. Kristen Wiig? Come on. That woman is a mad talent."
Another win for Breaking Bad's Paul didn't make putting his feelings into words any easier. "It's unreal. I don't even know what to say. I'm speechless. It's such an incredible honor. I'm so happy to work in this business and do something that I love and something that I truly believe to be special. And I thank (executive producer) Vince Gilligan for giving me this opportunity." He didn't offer any details on the final episodes of Bad, due next year, but he has his thoughts on the conclusion. "I don't know anything that's about to happen, but it's not going to end pretty."
The pen is mighty: Louie's Louis C.K., who was nominated in acting, directing and writing categories, said he was pleased with two writing wins. "Directing, there are guys who pour so much more into that career. And the same with acting. (Two and a Half Men winner) Jon Cryer has been an actor for years. That's what he's poured his life into for years. I'm a comedian that hired himself to be the actor on his show. So I'm happy to let him have that and I get these two," he said. "For our industry, writing is a big one. I'm competing with rooms full of people for that." And the comic's assessment of Kimmel's performance? "He's just a funny, great host," he said. "It was a tough crowd a little bit. They weren't (messing) around. They were a little dead."
Music city: Britton of ABC's new Nashville, which premieres Oct. 10, praised the musical influence of T Bone Burnett on the show. "That's been the most amazing thing. We've all been working with T Bone and just creating this incredible music that's going to be part of this show. And he's brought in these original songs from the most amazing artists out there and we're singing them and it's really exciting." The on-screen tension between Britton's character and the rival played by Hayden Panettiere stops when the scene ends. "I love Hayden. Hayden is a dream. She's amazing. She's a lot of fun."
Fairy-tale lives: Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays Snow White on ABC's Once Upon a Time, offered a little scoop on the second season (Sunday) for the show's characters, who got their fairy-tale world memories back at the end of last season. "We all remember what happened in both of our lives and there will be consequences to that. There will be a family reunion (of the Charmings) during the premiere and there may be some obstacles to it. It may not be quite as happy a family reunion as we would like it to be." Back in the real world, she said she loved Kimmel's performance. "I think Jimmy killed it. And it flew by. He was incredibly witty and clever and intelligent and entertaining."